Remedy for despair. by hermann

Remedy for despair.

My 2015 albums have arrived, nearly a year late.
2015 proved to be an incredibly stressful year on a background of many years of external stressors. As I wander through my albums I noted, that despite the deep dark place that I was tumbling into,my photos do not reflect the despair that was engulfing me.
Behind the lens I was able to find beauty each day and the discipline to carry my camera and upload to 365.
And I thought 2015 was challenging. As 2016 draws to a close I find myself in a happier place despite much sadness throughout the year.
I regard my photography a form of meditation and a strong discipline.
Thanks for sharing this Sally. I was aware you had some hard times and think you have come through gallantly. I too have found that photography is my go to place when things are tough. Sometimes my photos show it and sometimes they don't.

You've picked some lovey images for the covers!
November 30th, 2016  
I am at my best when I have my camera in hand so I know what you mean. When I go out and don't meet with friends, the camera is always a faithful companion. Love how you composed this shot.
November 30th, 2016  
Photography sure has some healing powers for the mind and body.
November 30th, 2016  
How lovely that you have these beautiful books. ( though a year late, did they go missing?)
I can appreciate the stresses that you have gone through, and I am happy for you that you are in a better emotional space now.
Your photos are so beautiful and show so much depth, and the places that you love.
I think doing 365 is definitely very therapeutic and allows us to voice/show things in a way that others are not going to be judgemental. I have found so much support over the last 11 months, yet know no-one personally.
I think that is an added bonus that I would never of anticipated when I started.🌻🌻🌻
November 30th, 2016  
Yes, so much yes. Photography has been my lifeline. Your albums look beautiful. Wishing you a peace filled 2017. So glad to have met you through 365 Sally.
November 30th, 2016  
So nicely put Sally and just wonderful that photography has helped you through these hard times xx

I love your three covers!
November 30th, 2016  
First- congratulations on doing 3 albums over that stressful year - do you realise that this is 1095 photos in one year - a fantastic feat in itself :) Photography is certainly a very therapeutic medium which helps us all and I'm so pleased that you have found strength in it. As for the friendships gained through 365, that is truly an added bonus. It's been great following you and even better to actually meet you - do hope we meet up again in 2017! Keep smiling and snapping :) And i love the look of your books too! fav
November 30th, 2016  
Congratulations on getting them done, Sally. They look great. I hope that 2017 brings lots of joy and happiness your way. :)
November 30th, 2016  
Congratulations on this achievement, despite its lateness! I've regularly seen your photos and I'm sorry to hear you have had some dark times. I can truly affiliate with you on that! This is a great place to find support and 'friends' and use photography as a medium for our emotions. Good luck for the future and well done on such a beautiful collection here.
November 30th, 2016  
Congratulations for your share it's all been said
November 30th, 2016  
Wow, congrats on completing the albums during such a hard time. As you say, it can be therapeutic and I'm glad it helped you through and that's you're in a better place now.
November 30th, 2016  
Lovely ! Glad you finally gt them - hope the rest of this year and next is good to you.
November 30th, 2016  
Congrats and thanks for being so honnest frank and brave.
November 30th, 2016  
Wow they look like three excellent albums. Thanks for sharing your story with all on 365. As you know 2013 was my dreadful year emotionally and photography was great therapy for me too.
Going out each day looking for beautiful things in the world when everything felt black was really a challenge. Well done to you for keeping going. I really hope that 2017 is your best year yet. With friends around you I am sure I am certain you will find the peace and calmness you deserve.
November 30th, 2016  
All 3 of those albums look so beautiful Sally. 2014 was my blackest year, and then 2015 I was shown this place as I struggled to heal. I have found it to be a part of my healing, the commitment especially, when I could have just given up on many things.
While we are here for the photos, it is really heartening for me to just reflect a moment on the fact that all of us here are of course human beings, facing the challenges that life throws our way. And then to realise that this place is one of the refuges in all that.
Thanks for bringing that out for me :)
November 30th, 2016  
Wow congrats on making 3 books of your photos on 365 Sally, the covers are lovely. I'm sure the inside is full of beautiful photos, I really enjoy your photos, so glad they have helped you through your hard times.
November 30th, 2016  
how wonderful to have printed all these memoirs....
December 1st, 2016  
I was very touched by your commentary and the many thoughts written here - I'm always so reluctant to speak out, but to know so many others have faced similar troubles and successfully come through them does give hope and encouragement. This site has been such a help in so many ways - as you say, the discipline - and the excuse to allow myself to look for the "pretty" around me when at time it didn't seem real obvious. If those covers are any indicator of the photos inside you have done some beautiful work to remember. Here's to a happy 2017!
December 1st, 2016  
Congratulations on making these beautiful books, Sally. They look wonderful & as you go through them they will give you such pleasure. I have so appreciated your talent with photography & have had great pleasure following your projects.. May 2017 brings lots of joy and happiness to you & yours.. :)
December 1st, 2016  
Hooray for your putting these books together and so sorry to hear it's been so hard of late. May next year be easier and photography continue to nourish you for years to come
December 1st, 2016  
How wonderful to have these beautiful photo albums of your 365 pics! Hopefully 2017 will be filled with an abundance of joy and blessing for you, and you will have even more wonderful memories as time goes on.

I would love to see a pic of the inside of one of these books!
December 1st, 2016  
What a terrific idea these books are. I find photography is so interesting in what you discover of your surroundings
December 1st, 2016  
Absolutely agree, photography has been my safe place during this year which has been hellish, without it I'm not sure I could cope. I hope that things continue to improve for you in 2017
December 1st, 2016  
Congratulations for your albums and I agree, photography is a kind of meditation. Be in the moment.
December 1st, 2016  
I am so glad photography helped you as it did . I feel the same way.. I get so involved in the moments taking pictures that the world and all its problems seems to disappear and the beautiful images remain! Photography is so therapeutic.
December 1st, 2016  
So wonderful you have found a remedy. Photography is great therapy.
December 1st, 2016  
Its2 ItsIts2 you've found an interest to help you through the darker times. Photography certainly is a discipline you can lose yourself in and, if not forget your problems, then at least put them to one side for a while. Your albums look fantastic. Hope you find plenty of enjoyment reviewing your project. Best wishes for 2017 😊
December 1st, 2016  
That's supposed to say It's great . . . My tablet is bring naughty 😳
December 1st, 2016  
A really uplifting post. Bon courage!
December 1st, 2016  
I'm so glad you took time to post your feelings about life and photography. When I am not having positive thoughts, I pick up my camera and get out of the house for a couple of hours. Focusing on different images and the beauty around me takes my mind off me for a while. It's calming, soothing, and is a great tension release for stressors.
Thank you for sharing Sally.
December 2nd, 2016  
Congratulations on completing these three albums! They look amazing. I am looking forward to completing this project and creating an album myself. It's been a horrible year for me, as I lost my brother back in March, but learning a new skill and sharing my photos with this wonderful community has been a God send. I hope 2017 brings more happy times for us both. Xx
December 3rd, 2016  
love this, and what this project can do. It makes us see the beauty around us. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you continued to take pictures even though you were having a rough year and have this treasure to keep.
December 6th, 2016  
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